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The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study
The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) is a 20-year longitudinal national probability study of social attitudes, personality and health outcomes. The NZAVS is led by Dr Chris Sibley, and is unique to New Zealand.
Learn more about the NZAVS. Watch video interviews with NZAVS researchers, and read more about recent findings from the study.
See technical details and materials for scientific research using NZAVS data.
Read about the postgraduate students who work on the NZAVS, and find out more about opportunities for PhD study in our lab.
Read more about the researchers involved in the NZAVS.
Complete the NZAVS questionnaire online, update your contact details, or suggest a question for NZAVS researchers.
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The NZAVS was started by Dr Chris Sibley in 2009, and follows the same group of New Zealanders each year. The NZAVS aims to track changes in various social psychological and health factors for up to the next 20 years. The study aims to provide information about how the personality, attitudes and values of New Zealanders may be changing over time. This is important because we currently know very little about how peoples’ opinions, values and levels of satisfaction with their lives may change gradually over time, and perhaps also change rapidly in response to current events in society. Another key aim of the study is to examine how changes in attitudes and values may relate to changes in health and wellbeing over time. Because the annual survey uses repeat respondents, it can track subtle changes in attitudes and values over time, and is becoming an important tool for researchers.
In 2009, the NZAVS sampled a total of 6518 New Zealanders from the New Zealand electoral roll. In 2010, the NZAVS sampled 4442 of these same people (a retention rate of 68%). In 2011, the NZAVS sampled 6886 New Zealanders (this included 3527 people that also participated in the earlier years, and a booster sample of 2970 new participants). Anonymous data from the study are available to appropriately qualified researchers for the purposes of scientific research.
For more information about the NZAVS please contact:
Dr Chris Sibley
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87498
The Time 5 NZAVS questionnaire will be in the mail soon
The Time 5 NZAVS questionnaire will be posted to all participants over the coming months. We are excited about this wave of the study. It follows up on some of the questions asked in previous years. It also contains some newly developed measures that will help us to understand the factors affecting psychological health and wellbeing in greater detail. Look out for your copy in the mail in the coming months! Alternatively, you can complete the quesionnaire online. (2 November 2013).
Dr Joseph Bulbulia awarded a Marsden Fund grant to extend the NZAVS in new directions
Dr Joseph Bulbulia from Victoria University of Wellington has just been awarded a Marsden Fund grant to extend the NZAVS in new directions. In particular, he will add recent migrants and religious/spiritual groups to the sample and follow up on groups who have experienced the Christchurch earthquakes. Because this project will continue over the life of the NZAVS, it will show changes in the role of religion in our everyday lives and create knowledge with enduring benefits for future generations of New Zealanders. (2 November 2013).
What Happens When People Feel Deprived In A System They Believe To Be Just?
NZAVS researchers Dr. Danny Osborne and Chris Sibley examine what predicts people supporting social movements. Their research also examined why it is that social movements tend to be quite infrequent. (1 November 2013).
NZAVS research team publish 39th scientific research paper from the study
This is an excellent rate of progress, and we are confident that the most exciting research findings are still to come as we collect more longitudinal data. The NZAVS began in late 2009 and continues to grow and attract interest from researchers both at home in New Zealand and from around the world. Congratulations to everyone involved, and a big thank you to all the participants who have taken part in the NZAVS so far. (24 October 2013).
The 2013 NZAVS pamphlet posted to all participants
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of some of the latest findings from the NZAVS has been sent to everyone who has taken part in the study. We hope that you find it interesting reading, and that you will be able to continue participating in the future. Look out for your copy in the mail this week. (29 September 2013).
Congratulations to the winners of the latest NZAVS prize draw!
The $500, $300 and $200 grocery voucher prizes for participating in the Time 4 NZAVS in the first half of 2013 have now been drawn and the winners have received their prizes. Congratulations to all three winners! It is always very exciting to make the phone call to let people know that they have won one of the prize draws. If you haven’t yet completed the questionnaire for this year, its not too late and you are still very welcome to do so. Everyone who completes the questionnaire between June and December 2013 will be entered in to a second $500, $300 and $200 grocery voucher prize draw to be drawn in December 2013. (19 June 2013).
Behind the scenes: read about how the NZAVS got started
The NZAVS is featured in the latest issue of the University of Auckland alumni magazine, Ingenio. Read about how the NZAVS got started, and what we hope to achieve in the future. (9 May 2013)
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